Refusing to pay for the debt, two Athenians decide to leave their city. Guided by mysterious crow calls, they wander through a desolate urban landscape until they reach a zone of passage and are spirited to an ancient forest, the Realm of the Birds. Here they meet the Hoopoe, half-bird half-woman, who tells them how the birds live by sharing their resources amid the magical forces of the forest. However, one of the men has other plans for the birds. Though far from easy, the inter-species encounter will be illuminating for all.
Some 2,500 years after it was written, an experimental adaptation of Aristophanes’ "The Birds". Between a contemporary Athens marked by crisis and the forest of La Gomera, Ancient Greek and Silbo (an endangered whistled language that forms part of a long tradition of resistance), comes a tale of flight, loss and reenchantment in a space of refuge where new alliances can emerge between different species, temporalities and languages.

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  • Rinio Kyriazi
  • Tassos Raptis
  • Kostas Vassardanis
  • Ana Luz Arteaga
  • Kico Correa
  • and students of the Colegio de Playa de Santiago
  • Written and directed by: Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni
  • Image: Thomas Favel, Panagiotis Vasilakis, Graeme Thomson
  • Sound: Mathieu Villien, Yannis Karamitros, Silvia Maglioni
  • Assistant director: Eleni Gioti
  • Editing: Laurence Larre, Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson
  • Sound Editing & Mix: Thomas Fourel
  • Music & Sound Design: Graeme Thomson
  • Colour grading: Yannig Willmann
  • Saxophone: Cathy Heyden
  • 2K HD
  • Colour, B&W
  • 84’
  • Dolby SRD
  • Languages: Ancient Greek, Silbo Gomero


  • Tënk
  • CNC
  • Le Fresnoy
  • CNAP
  • Pictanovo
  • SCAM
  • Les films du Bilboquet, Drakkar Films, Poteau d'Angle - France
  • ARCTOS Films - Grèce


  • Online (VOD) • GUIDEDOC TV
  • Festival Les Instants Vidéo • Friche la Belle de Mai • 13 novembre 2021, Marseille, film de clôture
  • Festival Le Printemps de septembre • Cinéma Le Cratère • 25-29 août 2021, 16 octobre 2021, Toulouse, programmation conçue par Pascale Cassagnau du CNAP
  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • 25-29 août 2021, Berlin

projections and selections in Festivals

  • Festival de Cine Paraná • 3-10 septembre 2021, Paraná (Argentine)
  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • 25-29 août 2021, Berlin, film de clôture
  • National Theatre Mannheim • 2021, Allemagne
  • Studio des Ursulines, Paris - Presented by CREAVIS (Centre de Recherche en Esthétique des Arts visuels et sonores) • 2021, France
  • HEAD Geneva / ECAL Lausanne / EDHEA Sierre - MAPS Online • Art Master Symposium “On fugitive presences of resistance: the cinema of Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson” • 2021, Switzerland
  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin - Le Louvre • 2021, France
  • Online on Tënk • 2020
  • 32e édition des Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas • 2020, France
  • Berlin International Critics Week • 2020, Allemagne
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam • 2020, Pays Bas
  • Thessaloniki International Films Festival • 2019, Grèce